CHENEY, Wash. - The first-quarter explosion was only a flare-up compared to the third quarter.
With Cooper Kupp breaking yet another NCAA Football Championship Subdivision career record, the Eastern Washington University football team erupted for 35 points in the third quarter and rolled past UC Davis 63-30 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday (Oct. 1) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Already the FCS leader in career touchdown receptions, Kupp broke the FCS record for career receiving yards against UC Davis. His current total of 5,417 broke the record of 5,250 set by Elon's Terrell Hudgins from 2006-09. Kupp has a record 63 career receiving TDs, and is second on the all-time FCS receptions list (352, 43 behind the record of 395 set by Elon's Terrell Hudgins from 2006-09).
The Eagles scored all of their points in the first 49:44 of the game en route to EWU's highest-scoring game since 2001 when the Eagles had 63 versus Cal State Northridge and 66 two games earlier versus Simon Fraser. The 63 points equaled EWU's best as a member of FCS and in a Big Sky game.
Kupp finished with 12 catches for 274 yards and TD receptions of 71 and 32 yards, coming one yard from his own school record of 275. Quarterback Gage Gubrud had 254 passing yards in the third quarter alone, and finished with 486 to come five from the school record of 491. Eastern had 627 yards of total offense – the ninth-most in school history – including a 131-0 advantage after two possessions each for the Eagles and Aggies.
The outcome was a fitting result for EWU's annual Hall of Fame Game, which featured the induction of former Eagle All-American and Tennessee Titans All-Pro offensive tackle Michael Roos. In addition, Roos and his wife, Katherine, were recognized with the Eastern Athletics Service and Contribution Award for their ongoing support of the Eagles, including a $500,000 pledge toward the red turf at the stadium that now bears his name.
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